Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Alicia Kat Vancil

Mash What’s?

Steampunk adventure. Paranormal romance. Alternative history. We don’t bat an eye at these genres now, but at one point not too long ago they didn’t even exist. Some enterprising author had to be the first person to come up with story ideas that fell outside the boundaries of the established genres at the time. And even though they were essentially creating a new genre from scratch, it probably wasn’t their goal from the start.

The idea of genre mashing isn’t new. In fact, movies, anime, and comics have been doing it for years. In the realm of publishing we call this combining of established genres novel mashups, and much to the ire of some, it’s here to stay. But what is a novel mashup, you might be asking yourself as you dart nervous looks to your peers to make sure you aren’t missing something terribly important. A novel mashup is simply a story where two or more types of literary genres are combined together. Like a fairy tale set in a dystopian future (Cinder) or a classic with a twist like Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. However, novel mashups should not be confused with parody novels such as Bored of the RingsThe Hunger Pains, or Nightlight.

So now that you understand what mashups are, let’s take a look at a few different types of novel mashups that you could explore.

Classics with a Twist

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Why I’m No Longer Cautiously Optimistic about the Future of Publishing | The Passive Voice |
  2. RT @elizabethscraig: 10 Reasons Our Hero Needs Flaws @AngelaAckerman
  3. Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): Real Life Diagnostics: Developing the Setting in an Opening Scene
  4. What Makes a Story Event a “Turning Point”? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  5. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: 18 Questions Writers Must Ask
  6. 29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros | Social Media Examiner
  7. Introducing ShareRoot's Free Pinterest Toolset
  8. Grow Your Pinterest Following With These Hot Tips! - Marketing Tips For Authors
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey Matter: Creative Publicity for Authors « PubSmart
  10. 40+ Tips To Grow your Linkedin Connections - infographic ~ Digital Information World
  11. 5 Tips To Help Writers Embrace Change | Writers In The Storm Blog
  12. Insecure Writer's Support Group: 10 Signs You Might Be a Professional Writer
  13. 3 Clever Ways to Use Images to Promote Your Book - video
  14. SlideShare: Content Marketing’s Happy Medium - Heidi Cohen
  15. Finding a Balance Between Writing and Marketing by Joshua Graham
  16. How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book: Winter Doldrums? Ten Fun Exercises to Get Going on Your Writing Again!
  17. These 11 Apps Will Help You Finally Finish Your Novel
  18. Southern Writers: Suite T: How Do You Surrender Your Life to a Book?
  19. Behind the Microphone - Internet Radio Is An Online Marketing Strategy
  20. The Kill Zone: Sympathy For the Bedeviled
  21. 25 Steps to Edit the Unmerciful Suck Out of Your Story | Ania Ahlborn | The Blog
  22. Breakthrough Technology Cuts Book Formatting Time in Half — The Book Designer
  23. IndieReCon: Not Playing by the Rules: Genre Mash-Ups in a New Age by Alicia Kat Vancil
  24. IndieReCon: Words are Cheap by Rachel Aaron
  25. Pretentious Title: How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day
  26. The B&N Report – Author Earnings
Happy writing & running, Kathy

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